The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), presented by Intel, has announced that MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil leads the pack of special guest judges that will evaluate "Guitar Hero II" competitors. Attendees can look forward to seeing the legendary heavy metal icon at the finals of the upcoming Dallas, Texas event, July 5-8 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Spike TV host Geoff Keighley and PC GameSpy.com's editor-in-chief Sal "Sluggo" Accardo will assist Vince Neil with the judging. Additional judges for later events will be announced at a later date.
"It was clear from the beginning that we would need to call in the experts to separate the rookies from the rock stars," said Matthew Ringel, president and commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "We are committed to creating a video game tournament that is as fun for spectators as it is for participants. Our new judging format will help deliver the same immediacy and fun to Guitar Hero II competition as some of the most highly-watched music shows on television."
At each event, the judges will score competitors based on accuracy, difficulty and in an interesting twist, showmanship! All areas of performances will be evaluated; from the ability to work the crowd, put together a unique and thought-out set and the precision of strumming and ripping.
The first winners were crowned at the 2007 season's inagural event this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Video of champion Nick "Kov" Shish performing REVEREND HORTON HEAT's "Psychobilly Freakout" and third place finisher Kelly "TipperQueen" Law-Yone performing MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE's "Dead!" can be found at www.thewsvg.com. Additional YouTube videos featuring such performances as SHADOWS FALL's "The Light That Blinds" and MEGADETH's "Hangar 18" can be found at www.youtube.com/user/thekovinc.
Photos of the event finalists can be found at www.ampedesports.com/gallery/41.
More information about the event is available at www.thewsvg.com. Rules for the event can be found at www.thewsvg.com/rules/guitarhero.
All the events this year will be broadcasted on CBS at a later date. Dates and air times are listed below:
Schedule of televised WSVG events:
Event Date / Venue / Airdate:
June 21 - 24 / Louisville, Kentucky / Sunday, July 29, 12 ET
July 5 – 8 / Dallas, Texas / Sunday, August 19, 12 ET
October 18-21 / Los Angeles, California / Saturday, November 17, 1 ET
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 / Jönköping, Sweden / Saturday, December 15, 2:30 ET